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Decline of Arranged Marriages a Boon to Poverty Relief

Arranged marriages are on the decline across the world, according to a timely article from Charles Kenny at Bloomberg Businessweek. Asia and Africa specifically saw an estimated 40% drop in the practice during the 20th century, that number from a recent paper by University of California Economist Gabriela Rubio.

The decline of arranged marriages is very good news on many levels: women who are married as children are far less likely to be educated, and have higher rates of HIV and cervical cancer. They are also more likely to have children at a young age, with health consequences for both child and mother, and more likely to suffer spousal violence.

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